Friendlies, Injuries and Unsigned Deals

Blues have two friendlies tomorrow, one behind closed doors and the other against Northampton. The Closed door friendly was originally scheduled to be Oxford but it was confirmed on Wednesday that due to a Covid outbreak the game was cancelled, so it was quite a quick turnaround to get Salford as a replacement opposition for…

Bearded Brummies Walk The 11 Route

In sweltering heat a band of bearded brothers embarked on possibly the largest walk of their lives so far. Some well rested, some with four hours sleep, but all with one cause at heart; raising money for Mind Birmingham. The day started off bright and early with a half 5 meet at Acocks Green bus…

Two Days to Go Till The BB Walk

And so with just two days to go to the walk the Bearded Brummies Group chat is abuzz with what will be needed as we take on the mammoth 27 mile challenge on Saturday. I’m personally quite excited. The day itself looks like it’s going to be a scorcher with a nice 26 degrees to…

Transfer Round Up

Well, the weekend was an anticlimax that has spiraled out of control from national pride to a few little dickheads taking the shine off the first major tournament final the lads have reached in 55 years by deciding it’s okay to aim racist abuse at a few of the lads who did nothing more than…

Another Addition in Juan Castillo

There wasn’t a lot to write about in this week’s Transfer Round Up so I gave it a miss, then of course out of nowhere Blues signed Chelsea youngster Juan Castillo on loan until the end of the season. I’d said Blues needed protection at the back and it seems that Bowyer has agreed and…

Bearded Brummies Charity Walk

This July Bearded Brummies will be walking the 11 Bus Route to raise money for Mind, the Mental Health charity that helps support those with mental health problems. The Bearded Brummies, as I’m sure you know by now, are a beard club that Lockthelocks has worked closely with since the beginning, being one of the…

The Flapper Set to Reopen

When news that the iconic pub and music venue The Flapper was due to be demolished to make way for housing there was a pouring of outrage across Brum. The Flapper had been such a big part of peoples lives that the loss of it was felt personally by many, but now the news has…

Peak of the Week: Attic Brew – Shore NZ NEIPA

So, slightly later than usual as we’re playing around with a new platform and moving the beer reviews onto YouTube. We’ll be looking at producing other content for our YouTube channel too so make sure you’re subscribed by clicking the link to our page here. Anyway to the beer then. I picked this one up…

Transfer Roundup

Well there’s a bit to write about this week as Blues brought in three new players. Ryan Woods, Jordan Graham and Chuks Aneke were all added to the ranks last week in swift succession. Ryan Woods Woods was the first signing under Bowyer last week after a great deal of speculation the week before. Signing…

Blues Sign Woods & Fixtures Are Released

Blues secured their first signing of the summer as Ryan Woods puts pen to paper signing a three year deal and promising his best years are ahead of him. I said only on Monday that I wasn’t sure that this one would go through based on how much Stoke may want for the Midfielder but…

Transfer Round Up

As it was Fathers Day the weekend I didn’t get around to writing up anything ready for yesterday, and then work had the audacity to be extra busy so I couldn’t get a late one in until today. It’s been a far quieter transfer window than in recent years, the usual torrent of rumours just…

The Streets at The Mill

And so the incompetent bumbling Boris has (Unsurprisingly) pushed the date back for the grand re-opening of the UK as the Delta variant is forcing cases up. The big question that the experts are asking is “Does this new increase translate to an increase of hospitalisations” and given the huge vaccination push that the country…

Transfer Round Up

It’s early doors and as expected the rumours are thin on the ground at the minute, plus there’s the Euro’s going on at the moment which can make transfer business a bit quiet. The rumours I’ve seen so far have been looking at our defence as expected and initially we’re looking at a potential two…

It’s Transfer Season

It’s that time of year again, the Transfer Window is now open and the race is on to get that much needed player that will hopefully help a club improve on the previous season. Bowyer has already hinted at only a few additions to the squad he inherited from Aitor Karanka as he’s generally happy…

Supermarket Craft Beer

So, as my journey in the world of craft beer has evolved I’ve moved into the more niche craft beers, the stuff that probably is genuine craft. The likes of Brewdog is where life started for me but I would genuinely question (And indeed have genuinely questioned in the past) it being considered “craft” nowadays…

Season Tickets and Bowyers Transfer Plans

Season Ticket prices have been released and have increased for the first time in eight years (If I remember correctly) yet despite this increase there’s an air of excitement around the place. It does seem like the usual reset though, we tend to get excited about this point, but at the same time I feel…

What I’m Watching: The Gentleman

This week’s addition of What I’m What I’m Watching is Guy Ritchie’s, The Gentleman. This one is currently available on Prime and is well worth the watch and even features Bugzy Malone! The Gentleman was released in the UK in January 2020 (You know, when you could still go the cinema in peace and “Covid”…

Peak of the Week: Beer52 – Yorkshire Pack

I thought I’d bulk review this months Beer52 Pack again, I think mostly because I was left very impressed with it, the pack contains an assortment of Yorkshire Breweries from Northern Monk, Atom, Kirkstall Brewery and Bad Co to name just a few. I mentioned the other week I’d switched to the Light Pack and…

The Man, The Myth, The Legend

A raft of players were released this week as the big summer build commences but there was one man who stood out from the crowd, a fan favourite despite never making an appearance for the club. The man, the myth, legend that is Bernard Sun. Sun was brought to Blues in 2019 but never featured…

What I’m Watching: Stowaway

This week’s What I’m Watching is Stowaway which is available on Netflix. Loving a sci-fi film this looked right up my street and an apparent twist on the usual stranded space film had me quite excited for this one but I was ultimately left disappointed. *** WARNING – POTENTIAL SPOILERS AHEAD *** The film seems…

Peak of the Week: Vocation – Tr-hop-ical

It’s that time again (And this week we’ve remembered on the right day too) and this week we’re reviewing another beer from Vocation. Vocation is quite a standard beer, they’re a safe and enjoyable option, they produce very good beer and look to exploit the flavours of the hops they use to produce a tropical…

Ding Dong, Ren Has Gone!

One of the biggest issues over the last few years down the Blues has been the magnitude of incompetence by the CEO. His inability to run anything associated with football (I mean just ask Figo) in even the basic of manners should have seen him axed a long time ago, yet he managed to cling…

Peak of the Week: Dig Brew Co – Half Electra C4 Pack

Well, I completely got thrown by the Bank Holiday and ended up forgetting yesterday was Peak of the Week time. And after I’d spent so much time enjoying taste testing this weeks multi-pack review too. In fact that’s the reason I’ve not just left it for next week and so this week we’re reviewing Dig…

No Last Day Drama Here!

Blues secured survival at the weekend meaning, like teams in a European Super League, we’re guaranteed a spot in next years competition. It seems like a while since we’ve not gone down to the wire, it’s going to be weird playing two meaningless games but I still want us to win them and push for…

We’re Nearly There!

Blues were robbed of all three points against Forest thanks to a late, disappointing penalty issued by the ref after a far more likely penalty shout was denied down the other end. It was a blow to a scrappy game which Blues looked to have secured the three points in. Asked before the game though…

Two Days That Rocked Football

Two days after the announcement of a breakaway European Super League all 6 English Teams have pulled out of it following huge backlash from well, everyone. That said I assure you it won’t be the last we hear of it. A Super League, a breakaway league, a franchise has been long on the cards and…

Is The European Super League The Start of a European Franchise?

So the European Super League has finally been announced after years of rumours, speculation and condemnation. As expected it has been poorly received with some of the sports biggest names heavily criticising the greed that has influenced this breakaway, even cross-party condemnation has been issued as PM Bojo and Labour leader Keir Starmer both voiced…

That Winning Feeling

A few weeks ago I felt that Blues were certain for relegation, that League One was destined and there was nothing really to be done as toxic hands poisoned the team. I never thought I’d be this happy watching the Blues for a while, perhaps even ever (Well as long as these owners are there…

Keep Right On

Blues climb up the table, away from the drop-zone, to a more secure place in the league is now well underway. I’ve gone from certain relegation to some kind of euphoric optimism, to the point I can’t see us losing many games going forward. It’s a complete reversal and just goes to show how different…

Five Questions For… Red Moon/Ivy’s Cafe & Ale Room

As we come to the beginning of (almost) normality I thought I’d catch up with a few pubs, clubs and bars asking them five questions from how the pandemic has impacted them to what we can look forward to post-pandemic. I wanted to shine the light on them as to keep these essential community hubs…

Brew Diaries: Disaster Strikes

So, I’m sure you’re wondering how my Mangrove Jack Pale Ale Kit went and sadly I’m here to say it did not go well at all. In fact I’ve poured it away which I’m a bit wounded about if I’m honest. I did play around with this one so I knew there was a risk…

Peak of the Week: Beer 52 Box

So for this Peak of the Week I thought rather than just review one beer from the Beer52 Box at a time I’d review them all, including the box theme itself. This month it’s a celebrations of the robustness of UK Breweries as many have been forced to move their sales online and close their…

Victories, Sales, Embargos

I don’t even know where to start today! I was excited to write a piece reflecting on Blues victory over Swansea and last nights draw, about Dong’s comments that we wouldn’t win another game without Karanka and how Bowyer has not only proven the basic comment wrong but also picked up a minimum 6 more…

The Clause Release Time Of Our Lives

Birmingham’s snappiest dressed band release their latest single, almost a year after their last, and it’s definitely a single that bangs. The Clause have rose to prominence over the last couple of years and Time Of Our Lives is a perfect example of why The Clause is really showcasing some of the finest musical talent…

What I’m Watching: Seaspiracy

We’ve got a documentary on our What I’m Watching today and it’s the latest Netflix number, Seaspiracy, and it’s got my entire view on eating fish flipped upside down! It’s an unusual write up in that I only watched it last night and usually I’d have something else lined up but it was so good…

5 Nights of The Streets At The Mill

The Streets have announced a series of gigs at Digbeth’s The Mill, First In The Room, all to celebrate the ending of Lockdown. Kicking off on the 21st June it will cover five nights and will be a celebration of the ending of Lockdown measures and a return to normal life (Well, new normal no…

Peak of the Week: Sadlers Brewery – Peaky Blinder Lager

Almost forgot it was Wednesday then, and not because I’ve been enjoying copious amounts of alcohol to get through this *Fingers Crossed* final Lockdown. So of course it’s time for Peak of the Week, and this time it’s one the Mrs picked up for us. I must admit I’ve been a bit put off with…

Learning Curves and Banners

Blues suffered defeat at the weekend to 2nd placed Watford who look extremely likely to go straight back into the Premier League, but there were a few positives to take from the game which many suggest was flattered by a 3-0 score line. It’s early days for Bowyer and given the position we are in…

A Great Start, Now For Watford And Beyond!

Could Bowyers time at the helm have started off any better? Not just the performance and result but all the talking points such as Dean’s celebration and Dong’s frustrated face as he watched the decent performance from the stands. I said in my last Blues post that I fear with Dong still there any manager…

Mayday Drops Jet Lag Visuals

Mayday released his latest single the other week and now the visuals have been dropped to go with it. Jet Lag is produced by DubzCo who works quite regularly with Mayday and the track itself has a Japanese sounding inspired beat which Mayday skips his bars off to create a very impressive sounding track. Not…

Karanka Goes, Now For Dong!

Karanka becomes the latest to fall under the knife making it 7 managers sacked in as many years but whatever you make of Karanka surely it leaves another man sweating under the collar a bit having stuck his neck out for this manager as well as overseeing the embarrassing decline of our club. It’s not…

Bearded Brummies Walk the 11 Bus Route

Here at Lockthelocks we’ve long been affiliated with the Bearded Brummies and last year there was hope for lots of meets and charity events, of course 2020 had other plans and while some meets last year did take place over Zoom it’s fair to say nothing beats getting together and having a good catch up.…

The Streets Drop Who’s Got The Bag

Roll on 21st June! We saw the other week Mike Skinner on Instagram teasing a hook for 21st June as the nation gets excited for pure carnage following months of lockdown and restrictions and tiers! Yesterday the full version was dropped and it’s below for you. It’s been so long I’ve forgotten what my key…

Tantskii Drops Gone Beyond Caring

You know we love a bit of Tantskii round here so when he dropped his Pain Relief freestyle you knew something was coming! About a week ago Tantskii dropped his latest music and visuals for Gone Beyond Caring. It’s another hard hitting track produced by Coaste Beats with a sting influence on the beats that…

A Tall Order

As we go into the game at the weekend we’re a little better off than we have been having managed a decent couple of results when we needed them most. This has been important for Blues and it can’t be stopped now, it can’t be a supporters banner kicked them into gear for one game…

What I’m Watching: Capone

This week’s What I’m Watching has received a lot of attention recently as it’s just dropped on Netflix (Not good attention either) and it’s easy to see why people are dubbing this such a bad movie! On the face of it, it doesn’t seem as though it will be that bad at all. Tom Hardy…

The Start of a Long Road

Blues managed to secure a vital win in the battle for survival at the weekend, beating Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 courtesy of Scott Hogan who has perhaps started to find his feet again, but this was the start of a gruelling battle for survival that will likely be far more difficult than in the years before.…

Birmingham Brewing Co Announce Talus Single Hopped Beer

Single Brummie lands at 8pm today and is a continuation of Birmingham Brewing Co single hopped range that has proved spectacularly popular so far. Talus is a highly sought after, relatively new hop from America and it’s the first time I’ve actually seen it used, although this will change over the coming months. It’s supposedly…

Miss La Familia Collabs With Abra

Brum’s self proclaimed Mother of the Mob Miss La Familia has been active lately and recently released her latest track Dumb Flex which she’s even dropped a TikTok challenge for it. Featuring Abra Cadabra it’s a hard track to vibe to and it’s yet another addition to the Birmingham Music arsenal. Brum seems active at…

We Need A Miracle

Another defeat, another poor performance and a manager who seems to be well and truly losing the plot. It’s the same week in week out, year in year out. Blues are once again in trouble but this time there’s little hope we’ll make it out without falling down a division. It was a week where…

Mayday Drops Macbook Visuals

Ever had a problem with a Macbook? Not me I can’t stand Apple, but I know many people are big fans and are likely to have encountered the issues Mayday talks about in his latest release, Macbook. Honestly this guy doesn’t take a break he’s constantly grinding, bring us Every Second Tuesday last year, starring…

Yaseen Rosay – 3310: Album Review

As promised yesterday here is Yaseen’s 3310 Album Review. The album itself was released last week and is a strong 11 Tracks, it follows Lyfe and Times which was released last year. The title of course refers to the Nokia by the same name, although as a burner phone or it’s just been that long…

D147 Releases Chatty

Known for his comical bars this Brummie can get you laughing on his Insta but bopping on his YouTube. His latest release, Chatty, is available now on all streaming platforms and is well worth a listen!

Yaseen, Bowzer and Jaykae Drop LYVE

A Birmingham trio have come together to drop their latest release, LYVE. LYVE sees Yaseen and Bowzer go back to back as well as a feature from Jaykae himself. It’s part of the 3310 album which is available now and we’ll get reviewed for this week. Yassen and Jaykae have joined forces before on the…

Panic Stations at the Ready

Blues sunk into the relegation zone and would no doubt be further down if it wasn’t for Sheffield having a game yet to play. My main thought is that this is all a bit of an embarrassment, but we’ve been here before. It’s not as though Blues have never dropped into the third tier. I…

Series Watch: The Ripper

Back to it after a great month celebrating All Things Brum. For the first Series Watch of 2021 I’ve gone for a Serial Killer Documentary, the classic Netflix and Chill. It’s a four part series that follows the investigation into the Yorkshire Ripper, how the police bungled the operation, how the women themselves felt (Not…

Attic Brew Co. ‘Attic XXXX’ Collection

Brum is filled with fantastic breweries and Stirchley is definitely king of Brum beer (Well currently anyway, and no doubt for a long time) so when Attic Brew announce a new range, if you’re like me you can’t help but get excited. Announcing over on their Instagram their Attic XXXX or Classics there’s two beers…

Karanka Out?

Bottom of the league, just lost 7-2, have scored fewer goals than Blues (By one goal to be fair), conceded more than Blues. Honestly, as negative as it is, I had no hope before this game. I said in a previous post that if we don’t beat Wycombe I believe we will go down and…

Striker Deadline Day

Today is the last day Blues can make any signings and it’s been a disappointing window so far. Blues needed a striker from the off but decided to first add to the U23s and do a midfielder trade off. Hope was that there may be some freeing up of wages by this or space made…

Midfielders Out, Midfielders In

We all knew this transfer window would be an important one given out utter lack of goals and an abysmal run that makes Cotterill look successful, we also knew that there would need to be players departing before anyone was brought in and that’s fine but when the likes of Kieft have been nudged on…

An Interview With… Mukow

As part of my celebration of all things Brum this month I came across Mukow. Mukow are a two piece band, comprised of Jack and Daz, that are in their early days and I was able to get the opportunity to speak with them as half of the band is in the Bearded Brummies, a…

Brum’s Music Scene Always Pushes Things Forward!

Birmingham suffers slightly (As usual) in perception when it comes to music. Our music scene is unreal when you take a moment to look at it, it’s diverse though which is probably a flaw. You look at the origins of Grime or Garage and you think of London right away. You look at Britpop and…

An Attacking Option

Blues managed to secure all three points at the weekend thanks to a Hogan goal. It follows rumours of disruption as Hogan was claimed to have had a bust up with Karanka during the cup game against Man City, ultimately refusing to play the second half. Blues have been limited in terms of attacking options…

Filmed In Brum!

I’ll hold my hands up and admit that with a couple I’m playing a bit fast and loose with “Filmed in Brum” with a couple having a mere few scenes, but there are some real major films that found at least a few scenes shot on our iconic streets. I’ve mentioned before that there’s a…

Lady Leshurr – Astronaut: EP Review

Dancing on Ice, OBE, Freestyle Extraordinaire. Lady Leshurr is moving up the ropes of stardom. Astronaut is the latest project we’ve had from the Brummie and it’s a banger from start to finish as you’d expect from Leshurr. Dropped on the 26th December Astronaut is the latest EP and was actually the second dropped in…

All Things 0121!

It’s 2021 and I’m sure we’d all like to leave 2020 as far behind as possible. With this January having the fortune of being 01/21 I thought I’d use this month to celebrate all that is 0121! Here at Lockthelocks we’ve been Championing Brum since before the blog existed. It was born out of frustration…

Can January Transform Our Season?

All that excitement, all that expectancy, all that hope. The summer window raised the bar as Blues brought in a mix of experience and raw talent. “The next big thing!”, “We’re just a stepping stone for him!”, “How did we manage that?”, these were regularly banded about and the expectation was that we’d have a…

Time is Relative

It’s not a look at the Special Theory of Relativity but rather a look at “Karanka Out” vs “Give him time” and I’ll be honest enough to admit that I do lean more toward giving him time. The problem is we’re approaching traditional sacking season with TTA and Karanka is certainly hovering around an unimpressive…

Brew Diaries: It’s Been A Busy Few Weeks!

I was going to keep this focused mostly on the Mr Beer Kit that I finished off the other day but I’ve done more than that recently, plus I shared one of my other Home Brews on the socials so better cover a few of them off is what I’m thinking. The Mr Beer Kit…

The Draw Specialist

Blues reached their 7th draw of the campaign so far at the weekend and with the fixtures coming in thick and fast I suspect we’ll see a few more in the coming weeks. As we take on Barnsley tonight you get the feeling we’ll see another draw but I’m hopeful of a win. Barnsley come…

It’s A Long, Long Road

Blues are just over a quarter of the way through the season and despite the positivity at the start, despite all the next big stars that have been brought in, despite the manager everyone wanted, Blues find themselves sat 17th in the table with three wins under their belt and only ten goals. At this…

Jaykae Overlooked At The Mobo’s

Although it’s hard to think back on this unusual year, if you do you’ll remember as soon as the new year arrived Jaykae was firing taking aim at Dot Rotten and Wiley. In recent years Jaykae’s fame has grown with people who aren’t Grime fans even aware of him and with the war dubs at…

Blues Sign Halilovic

Blues have confirmed the signing of Alen Halilovic, the 24 year old Croatian Midfielder, on a free transfer. Blues Focus labelled him the Croatian Messi and the attacking midfielder will hopefully bring that clinical edge which I mentioned is lacking earlier. Having played for both Barcelona and AC Milan Halilovic looks like an absolute steal…

A Disappointing Affair

Blues played out a drab goalless draw at St Andrews on Friday as they took on tenants Coventry City. I say tenants, newly promoted may be a better description but both paint a frustrating picture. Blues are nearly a quarter the way through the 20/21 campaign and the excitement that was present in the close…

Away At Home (Again)

Blues are in action tomorrow as they’re away to Cov… at St Andrews. Yeah that’s happening again! It will be the second time that this has happened as Blues faced Cov last season in the cup. In that game we saw Clotet approach the game as he would any away game, he tried not to…

Partial Sale Same BSH?

I saw over on Twitter, specifically Almajir’s and then later the Birmingham Mail, that the club is expected to be partially sold with an emergency general meeting called by BSH to approve the sale. For me there are already alarm bells ringing, it’s certainly not about to be a sale that heralds a golden dawn…

Flama Double Drops

Brum is active at the minute, but so is its music scene! Flama is back and has made it known dropping two heavy tracks on the same day. First we had The Message/Tug of War which seemed enough and is definitely been on repeat a couple of times. It seems though that Flama himself wasn’t…

Giggs – Now Or Never: Mixtape Review

Hollowman surprised everyone as he dropped his unexpected mixtape Now or Never the other week. It’s fair to say that it’s a well polished mixtape with some big name features including Dave, Jorja Smith, Emile Sande along with Kyze and Aystar. It’s a heavy hitting mixtape as you’d expect from Giggs. The bars as always…

Charlie And The Brewdog Factory?

Brewdog have seemingly taken inspiration from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory with their latest competition which has seen them release 10 gold cans worth £15k hidden in packs of 24 Punk. Interested yet? Well if you need a bit more motivation to get a pack the gold can isn’t the only thing on offer. Those…

He’s One Of Our Own

I don’t often talk much about players that have left, once they’re gone they’re gone is usually my attitude. Yeah it’s always nice to look back occasionally in nostalgic fashion but I generally don’t follow them around or write about them. Of course Jude would be the exception. The wonderkid continues to impress, he’s shown…

The Corner Isn’t Turned Just Yet

Blues have suffered another two defeats, back to back, after having managed to secure back to back victories before this. It’s not been the strongest start but there are definitely the green shoots of progress showing, even though Bournemouth did manage to put three past us. It’s Blues heaviest defeat of the season so far…

A Disappointing Defeat

Blues were unable to establish a winning run despite the fact it looked as though we might. Wycombe managed to nick the game at the death and I suspect many of the players will be feeling a bit cheated to not come out with anything as a result. Blues took the lead in the first…

Dizzee Rascal – E3 AF (Album Review)

Dizzee Rascal released his latest album, E3 AF, last week and it’s fair to say it’s a banger! While there’s still some commercial poppy kind of songs on the album, it’s very much a modern grime album as Dizzee looks to reassert himself as Grimes Original Poster Boy. E3 AF pulls out all the stops.…

Mayhem, Traumatik and Skinzmann Release Explosive Energy

Brums Mayhem, Cardiff’s Traumatik and honorary Brummie Skinzman have come together to deliver an explosive track (As billed in its title) that sees some rapid fire bars fire off over a heavy beat with DnB influence to say the least. Explosive Energy showcases some quality bars and signifies a period of increased activity lately from…

A Much Needed Win

Blues registered a much needed win, turning the tide before a potential free-flow of defeats was on the cards. Following back to back defeats Blues managed to hold on for a draw and I said then that goals were going to be a huge issue, last night we bagged the win and found the net…